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Summer at the Park

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them.  Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.  Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child.  Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family.  The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.

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Wizards and Football

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Unseen University isn’t a school known for its sports teams. In Terry Pratchett’s “Unseen Academicals,” the faculty must field a “foot-the-ball” team in order not to lose some of the perks that come with their jobs. There’s a mysterious Mr. Nutt, a local football feud, some star-crossed lovers, and a fashion revolution, all waiting to be sorted out in Pratchett’s usual fashion. If you’re not already a Discworld fan, you’re missing out on a lot of good fun.

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